After the Supreme Court finally made up its mind that running appointive officials are considered resigned, a flurry of Cabinet appointments were made to fill out the vacancies. The retirement of General Victor Ibrado (Class ’76) as AFP chief of staff and the appointment of Lt. General Delfin Bangit (Class ’78) has also just occurred. There is also the simmering controversy regarding the possible GMA appointment of successor to Chief Justice Reynato Puno.
All these appointments happen or will happen at twilight time of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presidency. Due to her decision to run for the congressional post in the 2nd district of Pampanga, GMA’s last-minute appointments have fueled speculations and aroused suspicions of an election scenario favoring her stay in power or of a post-election scenario favoring her comeback to power.
It is obvious that her appointments still follow the pattern of loyalty-based criteria. This, in itself, is already an indication that she does not want to sit outside the dining table once she is out of power. Indeed, she wants to be still in the center of things and serve as the paramount headache of the next president.
Such criteria are practiced–in the classic follow-the-leader fashion–by her own people. It has already claimed a victim with the removal of Roger Peyuan from TESDA headship, who barely warmed the seat for two days.
The musical chair is singing–and it is Gloria belting out the female version of “The Exodus Song.”